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08-26-2001, 03:25 PM
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08-26-2001, 03:31 PM
A few weeks:D


08-26-2001, 05:49 PM
The categories are mislabeled.

I count as a "quiteso-seasoned", yet I have not yet had call to build a single binary tree or write my own quicksort. And I've been too lazy to experiment w/ that stuff until recently..

08-26-2001, 10:57 PM
well then! i guess my make-shift demographic serves the bell shaped curve... [that was a side-interest of this... a sneaky test... :) ] to say, i'm part of the 2 to 5 year group as well... (which end of that subgroup, i'll let you decide...) thanks! wow, you all love me... hehe... Rock the Vote!

08-27-2001, 09:18 PM
I'm in the 7 months to 2 years group, simply because this is my first computer and I got it in mid-December 1999, so I haven't even had it for two years. I learned a lot of HTML before January, learned JavaScript in January, then spent several months learning more about how computers work rather than learning programming. Shortly after that, I fell into a horrible cycle of playing crappy online games, chatting, and downloading stuff from Napster. Since I only had a 56k modem then, downloads took so long that I had no time for anything else. My first step in rehabilitating myself was meeting a guy on IRC who told me about programming and how video games are made. I didn't understand all of it, but I was set on the path to programming. That was short-lived, as I soon began wasting my time playing Graal and using RPGMaker 2000. I later found a link to DarkBASIC's site, and was sucked into that as well. It's hideous, I know, but it counts as programming. I was finally set back on track when my dad began taking classes in Visual Basic early this year and bought Visual Studio 6.0 Professional Edition. I started to use Visual C++ around February of this year, I think.

So that's about six months of C++ experience with some experience in other languages.

08-27-2001, 09:26 PM
3 and a half years of programming here total, but im still quite young (havnt even finished middle school ;))

08-28-2001, 09:01 AM
I count as a "quiteso-seasoned", yet I have not yet had call to build a single binary tree or write my own quicksort. And I've been too lazy to experiment w/ that stuff until recently..

I've done bintrees, but I've got sorting algorithms next in my programming subject at uni.

08-28-2001, 01:27 PM
Oh well, I only count as a freshie (I think it'll be a year come september, for some odd reason) but I've been concentrating on C that whole time (I don't count my QBasic days as programming :p ), so I'm quite a lot better (I hope...) than you might expect a normal freshie to be.

08-28-2001, 02:45 PM
What kind of programming?

I've been doing real time stuff on the embedded system in my microwave just about every day for well over 10 years now. It's not too complicated- there are just a few variables to consider. When it gets to be too much I use one of the wizards-- the "Popcorn" button is a very popular option.

I don't program my VCR very often but I do get to it once in a while. Sort of a simple, proprietary scripting language thing.

For that matter I do a lot of work directly w/the motherboard of my t.v. I guess this kind of programming is pretty simple though I do use a wireless interface that makes it pretty cutting edge. I often go way beyond commands like "Show me channel 3" and move onto more advanced things like muting and jumping back to the previous channel.

I met this guy once and he thought if you didn't use C or C++ that you weren't really a programmer.


I don't believe it, not for a second.

Eber Kain
08-28-2001, 11:44 PM
perhaps the word programming is to general.

08-28-2001, 11:56 PM
2 years but not as a professional. I get most of my learning done during the Christmas break, because I get 2 whole weeks off. If I didn't have to go to College I'd probably have mastered the computer by now. College is really holding me back.

rick barclay
08-29-2001, 01:43 PM
I took up programming last December. It was a mistake.
It's not that I don't have the aptitude for it, which I don't
really; it's just that C/C++ is much too heavy-handed and
can't do what I want to do, anyway, which is web development.
If I applied myself I could probably rise to medicrity some
day but not much higher. That's not to say I don't like the
language--I do. I literally threw myself into the study of it
and progressed through the first seven chapters of
C++ Primer Plus before the weather turned warm and I was
forced by the call of the birds and the bees back to my lawn
service for another term. One lawn service + one full-time
job @ Nestle USA == no time for rick to study C++. I'll have
time this December, but I'm turning my attention to my
web site and Macromedia and perl and java script, and
whatever else I can think of that's relative to my goals. But
I'll stick around this G-Board, unless you guys kick me out
for not taking the programmer's loyalty oath, or something.
Perhaps there's and idea for a poll there: how many of us here
don't program but come here just because they like to join in
the (non-programming) discussions? (raises hand)

rick barclay

08-29-2001, 01:45 PM
To borrow rick's quoting technique:
how many of us here don't program very much but come here just because they like to join in the (non-programming) discussions? (raises hand)Ditto here! (and to help the hapless newbies when I can...)

08-29-2001, 04:19 PM
hmmm... i agree rick, regrefully. i realized that recently, after becoming a mod... i infact rarely if ever post to any other boards besides this one... but i have been trying to change that... don't give me the boot guys!!! :p it's just that it's hard with my DJGPP-ing and ALLEGRO-ing up too... nonetheless, i enjoy being a member...

rick barclay
08-29-2001, 05:36 PM
Gee...and I thought I was the lone stranger here...hmmm; go figger.

rick barclay

08-29-2001, 06:24 PM
same here.

I think it's that:

1) some of the questions are a bit obscure
2) some of the questions are compiler specific
3) some are so stupid that we know someone else will answer it, and we won't have to waste our time answering it. yes, I know it may seem harsh, but think about it: One of the newer board questions was somewhere along the lines of "How do I make an executable file using C++" only with more spelling/grammatical errors.

4) Some people ask the same questions over&over&over again, and or did absolutely no thinking/researching/testing before they posted.

The general board is just a fun place to blow some stam off and relax when you're on the internet and bored. We have a lil' community here, and I guess it's only natural that we want to talk about other things besides computers and code with eachother. makes sense to me!

08-29-2001, 07:59 PM
how many of us here
don't program but come here just because they like to join in
the (non-programming) discussions? (raises hand)

Ditto here! (and to help the hapless newbies when I can...)

same here

I spend way to much time here at the G-discutions board to program or learn. Actuly do to financial changes I am not getting a .com at this time so I am looking for 25mb web space that allows exe files. (so that you don't need an un-zipper :)

Oh yeah you can see what my web site will contain at dosn't this look formier (http://geocities.com/gamegod3001)

08-29-2001, 09:13 PM
Hmm...I started programming back in the 8th grade in BASIC, started C++ in 9th grade, now I am in 11th grade...so it has been 3 and a half to 4 years now.

Like a lot of you, I also tend to post to this board only...heh heh. Maybe we should go and actually answer some C++ questions, which is what this board is actually for...:)

08-30-2001, 11:14 AM
Good taste in avatars, David!

No, this is the only board that counts.

Real programmers don't answer questions; they talk aimlessly on general discussions. This is what seperates the newbies from the experienced ones. THEY PH33R 0|_|R |\|\4|) 5k177z!

Erm, sorry...

08-30-2001, 11:22 AM
::beats ggs with wand of Lamer-speak::

Bad ggs! Bad!
Real programmers don't answer questions; they talk aimlessly on general discussions.Damn right!

08-30-2001, 01:14 PM
I began programming by distance learning starting with Pascal back in Feb 2000 and then progressed onto C which I've just finished. I'm doing systems analysis next but I'm also reading Sams 'Teach yourself VB in 21 days' at the moment. C got a bit heavy so I thought VB might be a bit more user friendly. Anyone else done VB and how easy is it compared to C?
I think most programmers only come here for Govtcheez's brain teasers and useless fact of the day

08-30-2001, 01:16 PM
> Govtcheez's brain teasers and useless fact of the day
:D Thank you, Thank you.... ::bows:: We need a new brainteser thread, methinks. I'll get to work on that.

//Edit 1:
Btw, I've done VB before - it's cake for some things, but way worse than C for others. For example, it's really easy to create a GUI, but you wouldn't want to create an OS in it (to go to extremes)

01-22-2002, 06:55 AM
Fifteen years.

01-22-2002, 09:10 AM
When this thread was originally active 23 years, more than 24 now. Who dragged this old thing up? (Yes Deckard - I know it probably wasn't you!).

01-22-2002, 09:14 AM
> how long have you been programming?

Only a couple hours - I got to work late today.

01-22-2002, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by adrianxw
(Yes Deckard - I know it probably wasn't you!). :blinks: :looks at date of previous post: :rubs eyes:

It was just sitting on top of my list of "unread messages since last visit". I completely missed the fact it was that old. Could it be the result of an undocumented feature?

01-22-2002, 12:46 PM
No - more than likely it was bumped to the top of the list when someone replied to the poll.

01-22-2002, 03:40 PM
Freshie here.

01-23-2002, 10:28 AM
Been programming in various languages for about 21 years - since my first computer back in 1981. Right after the Atari 5200 came out I started coding in BASIC(s) and when the little language called 'C' came out I started into it. Soon to follow was C++ and much, much later I learned assembly. My learning and research have been accelerated since the advent of the Internet - or I should say since it's gone public and not just between businesses.

Have not programmed professionally - but I'm currently working to solve that little problem. :)

01-23-2002, 04:27 PM
I suppose since I've been doing it for exactly 5 years I am a ...

quiteso seasoned freshie

01-23-2002, 10:48 PM
A super freshie!!! yoshi!! :D

01-25-2002, 08:46 AM
ehh... 5 years give or take... i've been dabbling for probably 6 or 7...